Redbridge Looking To Motor

Redbridge FC fan Adam Dennehey returns to Under The League, looking for the bright side to The Motormen’s slow start to the Isthmian Division One North season.

With any group of players new to a division, there will always be a period of ‘adaption’ which they will need to undergo to get used to the standard needed to not only compete but to succeed against the opposition.

Adaption is certainly a word that Redbridge’s latest young squad are going to have to do in order for them to turn things round after a poor start to the season. It was always going to be difficult for our joint-managers Steve Portway and Del Robinson, but after a good start to the season – a 2-1 win at Romford – things haven’t gone to plan since.

Then again, they have an incredibly young team to work with. Only 2-3 players at best have Ryman League experience and the average age of our squad must be pushing 19-20 years old, so bearing that in mind losing 4/5 of our games so far this season doesn’t come that much of a surprise – when you consider there are teams with a lot more experience than us.

Of course it hasn’t been nice to ship goals. Then again from the three games that I have seen of us this season, we aren’t really doing much wrong. It’s just the so-called %’s of the game that we are getting wrong, those little mistakes in games that often go un-noticed (positioning, tracking back, first touch, back-line, etc) that at the moment are just not going our way and the teams that we have played so far have taken full advantage of.

From speaking to both Portway and Robinson, I can tell that they will work as hard as they can to get the side back to winning ways and will no doubt be telling the lads that they will need to learn quickly if they want to do well at this level. Mind you it’s not as if the lads haven’t been putting in the effort.

They have been trying their hardest to try and get the side back into games and get consolation strikes. That though has left us slightly vulnerable on the back. Lessons though are there to be learned in football and whilst you don’t want to make mistakes full-stop in a season, you would rather have them early on, so you can learn from them and bounce back.

I am not going to panic just yet. Soham Town Rangers at home this weekend is a winnable game and as I have said to our fans and people that I know in/around the Ryman League, with young players a win can make all the difference for them. It can get their confidence back and build momentum. So hopefully that’s what we will get on Saturday and #teamnogutsnoglory can get back to winning ways.

Many thanks to Adam for this piece. You can follow him on twitter: @TheMotormen, and for more information on Redbridge FC, visit their website.


About James Bartaby

Hey, I'm James and I'm relatively new to non-league football, having only taken in my first match in September 2011. Despite it being a 0-4 defeat for Hampton & Richmond Borough, I became a huge fan of the club and NL in general. So much so that they are now the first club that I mention when talking about which team I support! I just got massively disillusioned with top flight football in this country and the attitudes of the lawmakers and top clubs in general, and I wanted to start taking my son to see decent football. I am now the club's Deputy Press Officer, and loving every minute!

Posted on September 13, 2012, in UTL Archive and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I think Adam is trying to put a gloss on what has been a display of incompetence by those in charge at Redbridge Footbal Club . After their money spinning adventures in the cup last season ..up to the tune of £70k it has transpired that certain people whom are no longer at the club ran off with the money . Terry Spillane and his coaching staff were then told there was no budget for the forthcoming season and promptly left for Maldon & Tiptree. Redbridge had ample time to make an appointment as this is not the premier league and so appointing someone at non league level is not that difficult. Their near neighbours Ilford had one manager resign and had his appointment in place two days later . Redbridge knew Spillane was going but then waited until 4 weeks before the start of the season before appointment their current dynamic duo who in their defense had little time to prepare but decided to go down the youth youth

    So where does the blame lie? I have seen Redbridge three times this season and they have been poor beyond belief. Every time the opposition attacks they look like scoring and invariably do, and that is not youth or inexperience that is just being not good enough, almost 20 goals conceded in 4 games indicates this. The results are getting worse not better.

    Where they go from here is anybody’s guess but they play Soham on Saturday who are propping up the Ryman League and Ware two weeks later who are also relegation candidates and if they cannot get a result from that then the writings on the wall, the Ryman League is an unforgiving league which is for men not boys.

    And by the way lets not have this excuse mentioned about no budget , Ware have a budget of £450 and Soham much more and they are both in the relegation positions at the money so finance has some effect but not all

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